The question “why” is always loaded, especially when it deals with poetry. The inquirer always expects a lofty response. “I write poetry to satisfy my muse…”“I must write poetry, it comes from my soul…”“Poetry is the true language…” To me, any answer like this, or anything flowery, contrite, haughty, misses the point. Poetry is not … Continue reading Why do you write poetry?
The most important aspect of writing is voice: that feel, sound, or signature thing that makes a piece identifiable as a particular writer’s work. Inevitably a writer just starting out will copy a mentor’s voice — subconsciously or not — to start understanding what makes it interesting. Then, through craft, experience, more reading, more experimenting with different … Continue reading Voice Over Everything
Creative writing for the likeminded — and ONLY the likeminded I sometimes take the opportunity to rant. This is a rant. It appears that the entire intent of ‘literature’ and ‘poetry’ is to create and define niches. Because the world — read: virtual world — is so vast, everyone is trying to cut a little … Continue reading Circles, Silos, Niches
Wherever your ideas comes from, be it image, fact, lie, it is interesting to have some type of documentation surrounding those ideas. Maybe there is a biographical link, a creative link, an environmental link, a detail that someone, somewhere, sometime will pick up about your piece. Because the original ideas are oftentimes NOT the core … Continue reading Traceable Genesis
Lately I’ve noticed a surge of statistics and articles on increasing popularity, discoverability, readability. This idea also seems to be trickling down into the creative writing world, especially poetry. It seems that content is being replaced by style, message by findability. Ok, so this isn’t new, but the sheer volume of noise behind the movement … Continue reading Wading in sameness
There are different opinions on handwriting (longhand) vs typing. The arguments boil down to either personal preferences about speed and efficiency or theories about retention and immediacy. I’ve used longhand for decades, and I’ve used laptops, tablets, phones for years. The analog and the digital both have their advantages and disadvantages, but for me, personally, … Continue reading 5 reasons to write slowly RIGHT NOW!
We have always been told to learn from our mistakes. It’s a simple enough concept: don’t repeat things that don’t work or things that are bad for you. Wear shoes when you walk on gravel. Don’t stick your tongue to the pole in the schoolyard in winter. Simple. When it comes to writing, the concept … Continue reading Never erase
The beauty of online communities, networks, publications, is the abundance of information available. We can learn anything, from anyone, at any time. However wonderful this is, there are too many traps to fall into. Learn from the Teachers A lot of advice — a lot — comes from novices, learners, students. This may seem fantastic, … Continue reading Of Sycophants & Haters